If you’ve been scrolling through the beauty side of TikTok, you’ve probably come across the latest skincare trend known as slugging. Inspired by the bouncy and silk sheen created on the skin (and yes, the trail slugs leave behind), the newest beauty hack credits slathering on Vaseline or Aquaphor as the key to wrinkle-free and smooth skin.
While the viral trend is now hitting the mainstream, slugging bears a mixed origin story as the moisture-sealing method is popularized in both Korean and Black communities. Many Korean beauty products feature snail enzymes to create the same effect, while the Black community has been slugging or greasing up their skin for eons. It’s worth noting that Vaseline was predominately advertised towards the Black community in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and as TikTok user @aliciamrry says, “Not the [mainstream] acting like they invented slugging when Black people have been greasing their skin with Vaseline for generations.”
If slathering up with Vaseline personally gives you the ick, there are plenty of ultra-hydrating products that have occlusives benefits, meaning they’ll form a protective barrier on your skin and lock in moisture. Continue reading to find the best slugging product for you.
For those who can’t get enough serums, the Biossance Squalane + Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum offers lasting hydration with the added bonus of bouncier skin. The copper peptides create an instant plumping effect, leaving skin with a smooth, mochi-like texture.
This jelly-serum provides all the moisture of a rich cream with none of the weight. Airy and silky smooth, the Dream Oasis Deep Hydration Serum is instantly absorbed into skin, drenching it in moisture with squalane, glycerin and the ultra-effective hyaluronic acid.
Glossier‘s After Baume is perfect if you have dry skin or are looking for a product to lock in moisture at night that doesn’t have the greasy feel of Vaseline. Arriving in a super cute frosted glass jar, this rich moisturizer is non-comedogenic and chock-full of plant-based hydrators like glycerin, cupuaçu butter and lionelic acid to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier. Not only that, the product has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.
This pillow-like gel cream is perfect for those looking for all of the moisturizing benefits of slugging without the heaviness. Infused with three types of hyaluronic acid, the oil-free face cream not only quenches thirsty skin, but with the addition of pineapple enzymes, it also brightens skin and improves skin tone and texture.
If you don’t mind the feel of Vaseline, but want to try something a bit different, Pipette Baby Balm is your skin savior. The all-purpose salve features jojoba oil, fatty acids and squalane to truly nourish and moisturize even the most sensitive skin.
If facial oils are a staple in your skincare routine, look no further as Summer Fridays Heavenly Face Oil boasts a whopping 16 different oils to provide your skin with the moisture and hydration it needs. The restorative blend of noncomedogenic and vegan oils, like pomegranate seed oil and prickly pear, deeply condition and plumps, boosting skin’s elasticity.
AAPI-owned brand Glass Lizzard has created a truly unique moisturizer as the Bouncy Balm boasts a simply decadent whipped texture with a lightweight and airy feel. Leaving a buttery-soft feel on the skin, the innovative product is filled with complexion heroes, such a mushroom-derived collagen, niacinamide and squalane. Better yet, the Bouncy Balm is a multi-use formula and can be used not only as a lip mask, but a cuticle moisturizer and brow pomade.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
Summer Fridays has cornered the market on hydrating products as the Instagram-favorite brand bears not one, but four products suited for slugging. The cult-classic Jet Lag Mask is a wonderful overnight option, but can also be used as a daytime moisturizer as the best-selling product boasts chestnut extract to activate a gentle and natural exfoliation process, leaving skin with a radiant and well-rested glow.
Designed with the simple French approach to skincare in mind, Violette_FR‘s C’est la Cream is a deeply hydrating daily barrier cream that can be used during the day and night. The highly protective cream features nourishing ingredients like squalene, organic jojoba oil and French marshmallow root. C’est la Cream also functions as a treatment mask, eye cream and body lotion for baby soft skin from head to toe.